Groundskeeper

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Work type: Full time
Location: Harper College Main Campus (Palatine)
Categories: Custodial/Maintenance
Salary: $15.65 - $21.12
Division: Finance & Administrative Services
Department: Facilities Management

Schedule Information: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm during normal work season.  During peak season in the winter, worker may be assigned to work any one of the three shifts operating during a 24-hour period, and overtime and weekend work may be required. 

Hours Per Week: 40

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense  

Duties of Position: Responsible for maintenance, care and modification of campus grounds, landscape and equipment.  Duties include snow removal and minor repairs on tractors, trucks and related equipment as needed. Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns within or outside normal working hours. Must be able to work shift work, weekends, overtime, and holidays.

Plants (or Transplants), cultivates and cares for shrubbery, trees, flowers, and lawn.  Lays out work. Prepares soil, determines the amount of fertilizer and herbicides necessary and applies current gardening and landscaping techniques.  Sprays and applies pesticides as needed.  Prunes trees, shrubs and other vegetation, trims hedges and other shrubbery to obtain pleasant landscape appearance.

Performs miscellaneous grounds maintenance duties: rakes leaves, mows grass, sweeps campus sidewalks, driveways and streets, picks up paper, trash, and other litter, removes dead trees and limbs, waters lawns, flower beds and plants, sows grass seed and lays sod, does grading, excavating and shovel work, builds hardscapes, removes snow from streets, parking lots and sidewalks and operates tractor, truck, lawnmower, chain saw, forklift truck and miscellaneous equipment. 

Performs repairs on grounds keeping equipment, manual lawnmower, riding lawnmower, and related equipment used in grounds keeping duties.  Performs preventive maintenance including greases, oils, cleans and assures that equipment is in working order.  Maintains and makes minor repairs on tractors, trucks, and related large equipment as needed.

Cuts weeds and brush, rolls and maintains athletic fields; lines athletic fields; cleans and

maintains tools, equipment, material, and supplies.

Inspects and repairs campus irrigation system.

Provides assistance in the greenhouse as necessary.

Inspects area of responsibility and observes activities on College property for unsafe conditions which may lead to injury, takes appropriate action to correct any unsafe practice or condition and reports all other potential safety hazards to supervisor.

Must be available (on call) for snow removal operations.

May provide guidance and direction for subordinate personnel assigned to a work group in the performance of grounds keeping duties.

Able to assist other departments, students and guests.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Under the direct supervision of the Campus Horticulturist.  Receives daily instructions on work to be performed.

Employee must operate the following tools:

Motorized landscaping equipment

Motorized snow removal equipment

Vehicles up to 24,999 pounds gross weight

Associated hand tools for landscaping and snow removal

Associated common hand tools

Work Conditions: Worker is subjected to both indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.  Worker is exposed to pesticides, dust and other elements.  Employee may be required to wear respiratory protection, hearing protection and other personal protective equipment on a daily basis. Worker may be assigned to work any one of the three shifts operating during a 24-hour period, and overtime and weekend work may be required. 

Physical Requirements: Work is heavy in nature and involves exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds frequently.  Work also involves lifting, grasping, stooping, climbing stairs, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and driving equipment.

Educational Requirements: Associate Degree in Horticulture/Related Field preferred.

Experience: Three years' experience in grounds, nursery, gardening, or related work, and maintenance of related equipment appropriate to the needs of the campus required. 

Licensing Requirements: 

Illinois Pesticides Applicators License in Turf, Ornamentals or Right-of-Way.  

Valid Illinois CDL with Air Brakes driver's license

Application Review Date:  Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: June 14, 2018.

Required Documents:  

* Official transcripts required upon hire 

* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

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